The Arizona Coyotes are starting to fall back into bad habits from last season. Will we see the high flying team from the first three games or will it be more of a slow start for the Yotes?
Matchup at a Glance
|Arizona Coyotes||Ottawa Senators|
|Points||7 (3rd Pacific)||8 (3rd Atlantic)|
|Goals For||2.71 (14th)||3.14 (T-8th)|
|Goals Against||2.57 (15th)||2.86 (5th)|
|Power Play||10.3% (26th)||21.7% (T-10th)|
|Penalty Kill||82.1% (17th)||77.4% (23rd)|
|5v5 Corsi For||47.2% (25th)||47.4% (24th)|
|PDO||106.4 (T-1st)||102.7 (9th)|
View from Arizona
The Coyotes are in a funk and need to break out of it. Slow starts and no secondary scoring are starting to take its toll on the time. Let's hope they remember how to start a road game.
Thankfully the team has stopped the Mikkel Boedker on point experiment during the Rangers game. The Coyotes opted to play 11 forwards and 7 defenders. Stefan Elliott did see some powerplay time. It will be interesting if the team does use this set up again.
The only downside of that configuration was when Antoine Vermette left the game with an injury in the second period. Double shifting of centers and wingers did take a toll in the end on the Coyotes.
View from Ottawa
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The Senators have lost their last 3 games (two of them in shootouts, 1 shut out) after blowing out the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets on October 14th 7-3. They are keeping pace in an ultra-tight Atlantic Division, where one point separates 3rd from 6th place.
As always people will continue to bring up Kyle Turris and the trade from The Coyotes. So far this year, Turris is tied with Mike Hoffman, Mark Stone (brother of Coyotes' defenseman Michael Stone) and Erik Karlsson with eight points.
The other major storyline with Ottawa was the stellar play of the Hamburglar, Andrew Hammond. Hammond has only played one game this year however, as the Sens have turned to Craig Anderson for most of their starts. It's hard to say what Hammond will look like this season given he's not playing much.
Keys to the Game
1. Get that Power Play Going- This is still an issue. Let's see if they adjust the power play again. Stefan Elliott might get to see more ice time this game. It's a wait and see at this point.
2. Penalties are Bad, mkay?- Just don't do it. No bad stick penalties. No bad penalties. NO PENALTIES.
3. Secondary scoring- Someone other than Tobias Rieder, Anthony Duclair and Max Domi need to start scoring consistently. Also can Hanzal get on the board with a goal?
4. Brothers against brothers- We're going to see Milan Michalek and Mark Stone versus their brothers Zbynek Michalek and Michael Stone. Be prepared to hear this over and over and over...
Player to Watch
It's just a matter of time before Martin Hanzal scores his first goal of the season. When he does it may cause a flood with the newly formed Domi-Hanzal-Duclair line. Also keep an eye out for Stefan Elliott if he comes into the line up.
On the flip side, watch Erik Karlsson and his defensive game just get better and better. He has had revolving defensive partners due to injury but he is still a former Norris Winner. Also keep an eye on the offense for the Senators, they are just waiting for the right moment to strike.
The Coyotes have Antoine Vermette is day-to-day with a lower body injury that he left with in the middle of the Rangers game. Joe Vitale is on IR for the foreseeable future with that fractured orbital bone.
The Senators have Mike Hoffman day-to-day with a lower body injury suffered in the New Jersey Devils game. Marc Methot is still day to day with a concussion, but both Hoffman and Methot are considered probably for tonight's game. Clarke MacArthur and Chris Phillips are on injured reserve, with no clear timetable for return.
Tonight Game beings at 4pm Arizona time and will be radio only for the Arizona market unless you have Game Center Live or Center Ice. You can listen to the game on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.